TV couples getting together can sometimes be so popular that it becomes the focal point of the entire show. In some cases, there is a huge amount of anticipation for a couple finally getting together or finding out what their future will be. Some series will draw out the love story and build an overwhelming amount of tension. Sometimes it starts with the fictional couple meeting. Will They? Then she has a boyfriend. Won’t they? She breaks up with her boyfriend. Will They? Now he’s got a girlfriend! Won’t They? It drives the fans crazy! The love between these couples sometimes becomes so big that fans of the show can feel it themselves. Here are some of the most famous “will they or won’t they” small screen couples.
10) Nick and Jess – New Girl (September 20, 2011)
It’s clear in the pilot that there’s chemistry between Jessica Day (Zooey Deschanel) and Nick Miller (Jake M. Johnson), but these two fictional love birds are initially slow to act on their lust. When Nick and Jess first met they were both messes over their recent ex-companions. Since getting together, the couple has become so popular with fans that they have their own couple name… Ness! Their life as a couple hasn’t been easy, both worrying that they’re going to ruin it, which quickly begins to ruin the relationship. Currently they’re still together and still on air, but fans will have to wait to see if the will stay a “will they” couple.
9) David and Maddie – Moonlighting (March 3,1985 – May 14, 1989)
David Addison (Bruce Willis) is forced to team up with an ex-model who has fallen on hard times, Madelyn “Maddie” Hayes (Cybil Sheppard), to run Blue Moon Detective agency. The intense sexual tension between the two characters helped make the show a huge success in its first season. Most fans and critics felt that the writers pulled the trigger too soon when David and Maddie got together in season 2. Following that, there was a major decline in ratings. They were split up in hopes of rediscovering the chemistry later but unfortunately, they were unable to do so. Eventually the series was cancelled.
8) Danny and Mindy – The Mindy Project (September 25, 2012)
Mindy loves romantic comedies and wants to find her prince charming. Unfortunately, that’s hard to do these days. It’s obvious from the pilot that despite being different, Mindy Lahiri (Mindy Kaling) and Danny Castellano (Chris Messina) belong together. Throughout the first season, Mindy Lahiri goes on several dates trying to find love but nothing works out. Mindy Kaling and the writers of the show surprised everyone when Mindy Lahiri and Danny got together in season 2, only for Danny to break up with Mindy in the following episode. The show is still in its second season and has been renewed for a third.
7) Tim and Dawn – The Office U.K (July 9, 2001 – December 27, 2003)
Tim Canterbury (Martin Freemen) and Dawn Tinsley (Lucy Davis) had chemistry and loads of tension. Like the US version, Dawn is engaged to a warehouse worker named Lee. Unlike its American counterpart, Tim and Dawn never get together in the end. Tim asks Dawn out one final time in the series two finale. She says no, then leaves for the U.S and that was the end of the series. However, in a Christmas Special that aired in 2003, Tim and Dawn finally did get together.
6) Dylan and Kelly – Beverly Hills, 90210 (October 4, 1990 – May 17, 2000)
Dylan Mckay (Luke Perry) and Kelly Taylor (Jennie Garth) were the perfectly matched bad boy and rich girl. The show was hugely successful in the 90’s and made stars out of Luke Perry, Jason Priestley and Jennie Garth. Initially, the romance was between Brenda Walsh (Shannen Doherty) and Dylan. In season 3, Brenda goes to Paris during the summer and things begin to heat up between Dylan and Kelly. This blew up the ratings in the best way possible. It’s revealed in the spin-off 90210 that Kelly and Dylan had a child together. However, Dylan and Kelly don’t end up together. Good news though, Kelly and Brenda work things out and remain friends.
5) Dawson and Joey – Dawson’s Creek (January 20, 1998 – May 14, 2003)
Dawson Leery (James Van Der Beek) and Joey Potter (Katie Holmes) were childhood best friends that grew up down the creek from one another. Joey would climb up the side of the Leery house via latter, and enter through Dawson’s bedroom window. They would stay up late watching classic films and goofing around. Dawson’s searching for love but doesn’t realize its right in front of him. Eventually, Dawson and Joey do get together, but things don’t work out. Eventually, Joey and Pacey (Joshua Jackson) discover that despite loathing each other, they actually have deep love struck feelings for each other. In the end, Dawson realized that his one true love in life is being a filmmaker.
4) Ted and Robin – How I Met Your Mother (September 19, 2005 – March 31, 2014)
It was love at first sight when Ted Mosby (Josh Radnor) laid eyes on Robin Scherbatsky (Cobie Smulders). However, one of the many problems Ted has is that he falls in love too quickly, scaring Robin to just want to be friends. The series was built around the premise that future Ted is telling his kids the story of how he met their mother. The stories feature his best friends, Marshall, Lilly, Barney, and the woman he pines for, Robin. Unfortunately for Ted, Robin doesn’t want to get married and have kids so Ted is forced to move on. The series ran for nine seasons and we don’t meet “The Mother” until the season 8 finale. Ted meets her at Barney and Robin’s wedding, they get hitched, have two beautiful kids and that’s the end of it….oh wait…turns out that Ted has always been in love with Robin and years after the mother passes away, he asks Robin out for the hundredth time. The real reason he is telling his kids this story is because he wants their blessing. The series ends with Ted standing outside Robin’s apartment with the French blue horn like he did in the pilot.
3) Ross and Rachel – Friends (September 22, 1994 – May 6, 2004)
Friends is best remembered for its humor, great writing and brilliant cast. It also provided many memorable love stories, but the one that sticks out is the long standing love between Ross Geller (David Schiwmmer) and Rachel Green (Jennifer Aniston). Their love story began well before the start of the series. Ross had been smitten with Rachel ever since they were in high school. They kiss for the first time in season 2. In season 3, Ross and Rachel take their famous “break”. They go their separate ways and Ross falls in love with a British woman named, Emily. At their wedding, Ross infamously says Rachel’s name instead of his bride’s. However, the pair doesn’t officially end up together in the end, despite later in the series having a baby together, Emma. The series ends with them being more than just Friends.
2) Sam and Diane – Cheers (September 30, 1982 – May 20, 1993)
Sometimes things just don’t seem like they are meant to be, like Sam Malone (Ted Danson) and Diane Chambers (Shelley Long). Initially, the series was envisioned to be about a “love-hate relationship” between an ex-athlete and businesswomen. It started off as innocent flirting but eventually the sexual tension and chemistry between Sam and Diane led their budding romance to become the focal point of the show. After breaking up and getting back together several times, at the end of season 5, it looked like they were finally going to get married until Diane decides to leave Sam to pursue her career in writing. In reality, Shelly Long had decided to leave the series and the creators took the opportunity to take the series back to the initial concept. Later, Diane returned for the series finale but Sam and Diane realized they were inevitably not meant for each other.
1) Jim and Pam – The Office US (March 24, 2005 – May 16, 2013)
Quick glances, awkward looks, and the moments that weren’t meant to be seen. Pam Beesly (Jenna Fischer) and Jim Halpert’s (John Krasinski) romance was the center of much of the series. Due to the mockumentary format, viewers got a close and personal look into the relationship. Pam and Jim clearly have chemistry, but Pam is engaged to warehouse worker, Roy. Jim obviously has feelings for her, but tries to hide it from everyone in the office and the camera crew. However, in the season 2 finale “Casino Night”, Jim profess his love for her and they kiss, but Pam refuses to break up with Roy. Season 3 flips the roles with Jim dating Karen. Pam realizes what she’s losing when she watches Jim and Karen. Eventually, while conducting an interview about how she and Jim just couldn’t find the right timing, Jim barges in and asks her out on a date. She says yes and a teary eyed Pam faces the camera and asks “Sorry, what was the question?” Their “will they” suddenly turned.